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Rising Star Gina Royale

HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat with Gina Royale, one of the Garden State’s rising stars on the music scene, to discuss her music.

Royale started her first EP, Heir, when she was a senior in high school, and released it June 2015. Then, she went to William Paterson and began work on her second EP titled Brain Waves, which was released June of this year.

Royale describes her music as pop contemporary. She recalls a moment after a performance when someone said to her, “You sound like an edgier Taylor Swift.”

The singer writes all of her own music, from the melody, lyrics, and composition. She writes about things going on in her own life, as well as prominent social issues like eating disorders, racism, and sexual abuse.

Battle Cry,” an anthemic song about a falling out with a friend, stands out on the new EP as an empowering reminder to stay strong and to surround yourself with positivity.

Be sure to follow #HipNJ on social media for details on how to enter our giveaway to win Gina’s latest EP, Brain Waves!

We asked Gina to sing us out, and she happily obliged. Be sure to watch the video above to hear her powerful “Battle Cry.”

To learn more about Gina Royale, visit her website, and head over to iTunes to purchase her music.

#HipNJ Celebrates #NationalLollipopDay

Lollipops, who doesn’t love them? Whether you’re keeping your mouth busy or are just in the mood for a sweet treat, these suckers come in handy more than we know. And for that reason, there’s a national holiday devoted to them. July 20th is #NationalLollipopDay!

Allow #HipNJ to aid in your celebration by sharing with you some fun facts about these tasty candies!

1. The world’s largest lollipop was made by See’s Candies in 2012. It was 7003 pounds, over four feet in length and 5 feet in height, and had a 12 foot stick. How many licks do you think it takes to get to the center of THAT?
2. The original lollipop machine would produce 40 lollipops per minute but the modern ones make 5,900 a minute. Isn’t technology awesome?
3. The most popular lollipop flavor is Cotton Candy. There is no surprise here.
4. Some lollipops are made for adults. The candy company Lollyphile produces a variety of beer flavored ones. For fans of the grape, they also offer merlot, chardonnay, and cabernet. Keep out of small children’s reach.
5. The lollipop, invented by George Smith, was named after a racing horse he liked, named Lolly Pop. A cute pet name turned into a beloved candy, who would’ve thought?

It seems like there’s a lot of lollipops to go around, right? Well, if you’re looking to contribute to the lollipop chaos, check out these three top-notch candy shops where you’re sure to find a lollipop in almost any flavor you can think of!

Candylicious of Randolph – Randolph, NJ
There’s little need for decoration at this Randolph-based candy shop thanks to the candy spread out wall to wall. The assortment of candy includes chocolate, cotton candy, jelly beans and of course lollipops. Delicious is an understatement when describing the quality of candy at this shop – that must be how it got its name.
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Black River Candy Shoppe – Chester, NJ
With over 900 different candies offered and a trademark pez dispenser collection, Chester’s Black River Candy Shoppe is rated among the top candy stores in America, and it’s right here in New Jersey for us to enjoy! Also available is Linda’s Gourmet Lollies, the best-selling lollipop brand with over 24 original flavors.
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The Candy Jar – Collingswood, NJ
Known for its birthday parties and made-to-order products, The Candy Jar in Collingswood is your go-to if your needs are more specific. Lollipops are just one of many candy items that you can include in the shop’s custom candy trays and gift baskets.
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‘Gleason’ New York Premiere

Sports Illustrated hosted the New York premiere for the movie Gleason, and #HipNJ has the scoop, complete with photos courtesy of Taylor Ballantyne.

The movie, which played at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, follows the life of former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason after his ALS diagnosis.

Gleason was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, and found out soon after that his wife was pregnant with their first child. Gleason, best remembered for blocking a punt against the Atlanta Falcons in the first game back at the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina, started The Gleason Initiative Foundation to help raise money and awareness for those with ALS.

Michael Strahan, director Clay Tweel, producer Mary Rohlich, Justin Tuck, and Laura Gómez of “Orange is the New Black,” were just a few of the attendees.

The film will be in theaters July 29, 2016. Head over to the official site to learn more.

(Taylor Ballantyne)

(Taylor Ballantyne)

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Michael Strahan, Michel Varisco, ‘Gleason’ director Clay Tweel, producer Mary Rohlich, and Scott Fujita (Taylor Ballantyne)

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Laura Gomez (Taylor Ballantyne)

Justin Tuck and wife Lauren (Taylor Ballantyne)

Justin Tuck and wife Lauren (Taylor Ballantyne)